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Play dough, play dough, play dough

By Heidi Janit  Heidi Janit

White, boring play dough? Forget it. Think chocolate, lemon and coconut!

     Zesty lemon scented play dough recipe:

Recipe source: www.learning4kids.net

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This Zesty Lemon Scented Play Dough has a refreshing and zesty  lemon  scent which adds to the wonderful sensory experience of playing with play dough. This recipe was developed from a basic paly dough recipe with added lemon essence. It will provide hours of fun while tantalising the senses.

What you need:

1 cup plain flour

1 Tablespoon oil

200ml Water

50ml Lemon Essence

½ cup salt

2 Teaspoons cream of tartar

1 Teaspoon of yellow food colouring

How to make it:

  • Pour all dry ingredients, flour, salt and cream of tartar together in a saucepan.
  • Add oil, food colouring, lemon essence and water to dry ingredients.
  • I use a whisk before heating as I find this helps remove lumps and blends the ingredients well.
  • Cook over medium heat constantly stirring until it becomes a thick blob.
  • Then turn out onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth blob.
  • Allow the play dough to cool before playing with it.
  • Store in a plastic zip lock bag or air tight container.

Tip: If the play dough turns out a little sticky, sprinkle a small amount of plain flour onto the bench and knead until smooth and combined

 Coconut play dough recipe:    Recipe source: www.learning4kids.netcoconut_-_shredded_-_flipped

The Coconut Play Dough Recipe is a beautifully scented and textured play dough adding to the sensory experience when playing with play dough.

It is a NO COOK play dough recipe which smells like coconut and is beautifully textured with shredded coconut. I have combined flour and cornflour with this recipe to provide the brilliant bright white colour and super soft texture to the play dough. Children will have hours of fun playing and moulding with this super soft play dough.

What you will need:

1 ½ cups Plain Flour

1 ½ cups Corn Flour (Corn Starch)

3 Tbsp Oil

1 1/3 Cup Boiling Water

1 Cup Salt

2 tsp Cream of Tartar

¼ Cup Shredded Coconut

50ml Coconut Essence (found in the baking isle at the supermarket)

No colouring is required as the corn flour provides a bright white colour.

 How to make it:
  1. Pour all dry ingredients, flour, corn flour, salt, and cream of tartar together in a large bowl.
  2. Add coconut essence and oil to dry ingredients.
  3. Boil the kettle and add 1 cup of boiling water to ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon until mostly combined.
  4. Then turn out play dough onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth ball. Be careful the play dough will be very hot! Use a little bit of flour if the play dough is sticky.
  5. Store in a plastic zip lock bag or air tight container.

*Step 3 is to be completed by an adult.*


Chocolate play dough recipe:    choc dough Recipe source: www.nurturestore.co.uk

This makes a dark chocolate coloured playdough with a great smell. If you’d like to make it milder just use more flour and less cocoa, making sure you use 2 cups of the flour/cocoa combination in total. The playdough looks and smells good enough to eat, but of course it isn’t, so make sure the children understand this dough is only pretend.

What you need:

2 cups of water

1 1/2 cups of plain flour

1/2 cup of cocoa

1 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 1/2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

How to make it:

Stir up all the ingredients in a saucepan, over a low heat, until the dough forms. Allow the playdough to cool and then you’re ready to play.